Mile 1 - 25
Mt. Rainier at Sunrise
Our first stop was at mile 25 and we were a solid group riding strong.Mile 26 - 50
The ride started levelling out and although there were a lot of people on the road, we started getting into some good pacelines and our speed started to increase. Then we hit "The Hill" at mile 43 and that slowed everyone down, but we regrouped at the top and continued on to our next rest stop at mile 50.
Paceline (from back: Christa, Sally, Sean, Kurt)
WOW! This was the best ride I have ever been on. We decided that except to refill our water bottles, we were going to ride straight through to the lunch stop in Centralia, WA. The roads were flat and fast. Several times, our group met up with other groups and we formed an awesome paceline. We were riding at about 24 mph and flying down the road. We had a quick stop at mile 75 for water and found out that Myron's bottom bracket was coming off. He stayed behind to get it fixed and since he is such a strong rider, we said we'd meet him at lunch. And we were off a few minutes later.
We made it to Centralia in a total of 2 hrs and 30 minutes including breaks.
Sean and Christa at Lunch
Total time riding - 5 hours 39 minutes.
Total time on the road including breaks - 7 1/2 hours.
Mile 100 - 146
After lunch, we set off again. We decided to slow things down a bit since some of us couldn't really sustain those speeds over the long haul. But, as luck would have it, the roads were still too great to slow down and we continued at about 21 mph for the next 46 miles. But the road was starting to undulate and some pretty good sized-rollers were breaking up our group. The day was getting hot and we were getting tired. Sean was doing great...as always, but I was starting to feel the effects of the day. Dry peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, watermelon, lukewarm water, GU, shot blocks, sports drink...none of it was tasting good. We rolled into Longview, WA, I choked down what I could stomach and after a 30 minute break, we took off again.
Mile 146 - 178
Hell. This was awful. We broke up just after the Longview Bridge (but we were finally in Oregon again). Sean, Myron and Sally were up ahead and feeling great. Sally was pulling them at about 23 mph across long hard flat and false flat sections of Hwy 30. Don and I stuck together and tried to maintain 15 mph. With about 10 miles to go, Don stopped to help a young woman change her tire. I couldn't stop. It was in the sun and I was starting to feel pretty sick. I ate my last GU and almost threw up...but I finally made it to St. Helens. I rode past Sean, Sally, Hanna (our support driver) and Mel (our main cheerleader) and headed straight for the misters. I stayed there for a bit to cool down. Then I went to check out the food tables hoping for something new...and there it was. A whole bit paper bag of salted popcorn. No sugar...no gu. Just salty goodness. That revived me and after another 30 minutes I was ready to tackle the last 30 miles.
Myron, Don, Christa, Sean and Sally in St. Helens